Advice and Guidance

Woodcraft Folk Young Mentors Course

This training programme for young mentors within the Woodcraft Folk was developed by the TREE Programme as part of a wider scheme to recruit, train, deploy, and support young people in a range of mentoring positions throughout the organisation.

Growing Groups, Annual Gathering Workshop 2011

Growing Groups, Annual Gathering Workshop 2011

This workshop aims to:

Ideas for involving young people in committees

These ideas were put together for Woodcraft Folk Outdoor Centres who want to get more under 18s involved in their centre committees, but they apply to other committees too.

Running a local DF group - Manchester DFs

Overview of the group - how many people come along regularly? How often do you meet, and what sort of venue?
We meet fortnightly above a co-op in manchester. We are particularly lucky in that there is a co-op hall near us which we're allowed to use for free. We're a broad group of around 40, but an average meeting will be between 10 and 15.

Evaluation tools

It's really  useul to reflect on how an activity went, what impact it had on the participants and how it could be even better next time. In the download below are lots of different activities you can use to evaluate a session or an event. They're all fun, participatory and can be mixed and matched to draw out the sorts of reflections you want.

"The definitive guide to youth led discussion"

The A to Z of Good Discussion

This beautifully illustrated resource that brings together over 26 great tips for fun, effective and inclusive discussions has been embraced as much by other youth organisations as Woodcraft Folk. It was created collaboratively by 16 - 20 year old members of Woodcraft Folk who say it gives them ‘more confidence to take more of an active role in discussion (especially on new levels)’.

Download your own copy of ‘The A to Z of good discussion’ today.

Including deaf children & young people

This advice is a compilation of ideas from Woodcraft Folk volunteers at Venturer Camp 2013, supported by a trainer from the National Deaf Children’s Society. The tips are based on real experiences of supporting young people who are deaf or have a hearing impairment.

Tips when recruiting volunteers

What do you need to remember in order to successfully recruit volunteers?

  • Define your roles and know the gaps
  • Use positive messages
  • Clarify the process
  • Provide information in a variety of formats

These are just a sample of the advice given in the two resources below. They're part of the Volunteer Toolkit produced by Woodcraft Folk Scotland to help Districts recruit, induct and support more volunteers. Download the full Toolkit here

Inclusive recruitment strategies - Volunteer Surveys

The surveys below have been designed to help you understand more about your potential and new volunteers – from what has motivated them to begin the process of volunteering with the Woodcraft Folk to what skills and experience they can offer you.

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